Whether precious minerals like gold or fossil fuels like coal, the Earth yields a bounty - and often suffers for it.
The Earth provides natural resoures that human societies depend on. Extraction of natural resources have made some people rich - and such extraction has also resulted in environmental costs. Overexploitation of natural resources like water and soils exhausts these invaluable resources, while rubble and toxic waste from extractive processes like mining also leave their mark. DW explores the topic of natural resources.
Auto manufacturers are offering cash incentives for drivers to scrap diesels and buy new cars that pollute less. That sounds like it should be good for the environment, but what about all the natural resources that went into making the diesels?
The Democratic Republic of Congo is rich in natural wealth.The country has an abundant supply of copper, gold and diamonds. But after decades of colonial rule, dictatorship and war, the country remains impoverished. More than three quarters of the population live on less than two dollars a day.
Even though Angola is rich in natural resources including oil, gold and diamond, many of its people are dirt poor. The government has failed to use the country's resource revenue to create industries or build badly-need infrastructure and Angola is considered one of the world's most-corrupt countries.
New legislation in Brazil has proposed to reduce or eliminate several Amazon conservation areas. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has suggested the bill may be linked to efforts to mine for resources.